“An extraordinary tropical idyll: thrillingly remote, mesmerically beautiful and above all, wonderfully friendly” -Condé Nast Traveller
Situated halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Cook Islands are comprised of fifteen droplets of land cast across 2 million square kilometers of wild blue Pacific ocean and are at once simultaneously remote and accessible, traditional and modern. Rarotonga is the beating heart of this impossibly beautiful archipelago. Referred to as “the pearl of the south pacific,” Raro, as she is called, is the stuff dreams are made of- epic, jungle-clad mountains cascade to shimmering, sapphire blue lagoons and spectacular coral reefs teeming with colorful sea life. Secluded white sand beaches sparkle and contrast dramatically against the volcanic peaks and lush rainforest landscapes that define her interior. Beyond the stunning natural beauty, Rarotonga is the spiritual and cultural center of the Cook Islands, her people, true lovers of life and the epitome of warmth and welcoming. Here, time slows to the pace of nature, inviting you to relax and rediscover the joy of simply being.
“Incredible experience. Soulful and nourishing.” -Neelu
“Dear Kim- I’m not sure words can express the gratitude I feel in my heart. After a retreat with you, you come home filled with joy, wonder and gratitude. With love, kindness and patience you give each of your students the tools we need in a wonderful atmosphere and space. Every pose in a yoga class, meditation, lecture, song, ritual is like a magic wand that opens our heart, heals our body and embraces our spiritual journey. We learn how to be with ourselves, how to listen to our hearts, how to be grateful for the moment. Thank you.” -Paloma
Supreme self care and absolute enjoyment of life are the central themes of this retreat. As such, days will be spent in slow paced pursuit of a sense of wonder and play, experienced through immersion in spectacular natural surroundings and rejuvenating rituals for beauty and balance. Evenings designed for peace, quiet and reflection will culminate in a dreamy sleep under a sky full of stars. Enjoy daily yoga on picture perfect beaches, meditation in an enchanting tropical garden, therapeutic Polynesian massage, workshop to develop a personal self-care plan, dips in healing turquoise lagoon waters, award winning cuisine, stargazing amidst lush palm groves and so much more.
*To maintain an intimate environment in which every guest receives individual attention, we’re opening this retreat to a maximum of 10 guests only.
* All classes and activities are optional. Our program is designed to meet you where you’re at physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We encourage you to participate in a way that best suits your body, mind and spirit. Practitioners of all levels are welcome, including those with no prior experience.
Our award winning, eco-friendly, luxury retreat center is nestled within a tropical garden at the foothills of Takitumu mountain. This setting, chosen for its natural beauty and serenity, is a short stroll to the nearest beach + reef and is less than 2 miles from the best swimming spot on the island. One of the world’s most magnificent, flawless lagoons is just a short bike ride away. The main township of Avarua is 3 miles from our home-away-from-home with easy access to restaurants, shops, cafes and Rarotonga’s famed night market which is located in the next village over. The island is a mere 31 miles in diameter, making it easy to get anywhere quickly and seamlessly. View map.
A place where luxury meets sustainability, our gorgeous eco-retreat center is at once intimate, warm, unpretentious and visually stunning. Framed by dramatic mountain vistas, it’s a place where taking time away from the hustle and bustle to focus on your health, happiness and well-being is the priority. Lounge poolside, stroll through the organic garden or take a leisurely bike ride to the lagoon on your complimentary beach cruiser. Comprised of 4 luxury safari tents perched upon solid wooden platforms and 2 Polynesian style studios, each room features a spacious deck furnished with a table, sofa and chairs in which to relax while enjoying the sunset. All accommodations boast private, en suite bathrooms.
Daily yoga classes are designed to support students in exploring and deepening their practice. Sessions can range from slow, deep stretching and therapeutic themes, to more challenging, vinyasa flow style classes. Morning meditations offer participants an opportunity to experience a range of techniques emphasizing simple methods that can be integrated into daily life.
Certified yoga instructor, Thai yoga massage therapist and CYR founder, Kim Wolff, will lead our daily yoga and meditation classes, providing gentle guidance and focused support while allowing space for each student to find their own connection to the practice. Soulful and playful by nature, Kim’s class sessions are based on classical Hatha yoga philosophy, postures, breathwork and the principles of Ayurveda. Organic aromatherapy is used as a therapeutic tool to assist with the process of healing and transformation. The experience is one that is intuitive, fluid and dynamic- designed to empower you in evolving your practice to the next level. Learn more about Kim’s yoga philosophy and teaching style.
All cuisine served during our retreat will highlight fresh, local, seasonal, organic ingredients and will be primarily vegetarian + pescatarian with vegan and gluten free options available. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Raro’s fishermen venture beyond the reef before sunrise- an ancient custom that has earned Rarotonga a reputation for creating some of the best cuisine in the Pacific. Freshly caught seafood comes straight from the crystal clear, pure ocean waters, and is prepared simply with delicious local produce grown in the nutrient rich, volcanic island soil- an experience that delights the palate and nourishes body and soul.
Our culinary journey will begin each day with a healthy, high-vibe tropical breakfast offering a selection of organic fruit, granola, yogurt, artisan bread, tea and coffee, served on-site at our retreat center. Lunch and dinner will either be served in house or at specially selected locations in and around the island. We’ll have the opportunity to partake of traditional fare cooked in earthen ovens, enjoy a fresh fish bbq on the beach, indulge in an evening of fine dining at Rarotonga’s “Restaurant of the Year,” and savor a seaside supper right on the sand to allow for optimal sunset viewing- a magical experience not to be missed. We’ll also visit the Muri Night Market which features a great selection of food stalls where we’ll sample local cuisine while enjoying live music under the stars.
*Most dietary needs / restrictions can be accommodated
– 7 days / 6 nights en suite accommodation at our luxury, eco-friendly boutique retreat resort
– Full use of retreat amenities including the salt water pool & personal beach cruiser
– Welcome reception with breakfast served poolside
– Bespoke gift bag curated by Kim
– Daily tropical, organic breakfast prepared fresh each morning in-house
– 5 lunches & 5 dinners served either on site at our retreat center or at hand-selected locations in & around the island
– Daily yoga & meditation classes complemented with organic aromatherapy
– Full moon fire ceremony on a secluded beach accompanied with live drumming
– Workshop for creating daily self-care rituals in which you’ll leave with a plan to implement upon return home
– Therapeutic Polynesian massage in the comfort & privacy of your room
– Guided Lagoon cruise with snorkeling followed by Raro style fresh fish BBQ on a private island. Gear & lessons included
– Guided Eco-Cycle tour along the ancient coral road where we’ll witness local village life + stop along the way to soak in the scenery & hear stories of Rarotongan culture. Leisurely ride followed by lunch & swim on a secluded beach
– Heritage village experience with warriors welcome, cocktail reception, traditional feast + sunset cultural performances with authentic singers, dancers, drummers & storytellers- all descendants of ancient High Chief, Ariki Tinomana
– Visit to the Muri night market to mingle with the locals, enjoy Polynesian street food + live entertainment & dining under the stars
– Entrance fees & transport to / from all excursions
– Transportation to / from all dining destinations
– All tips & taxes
– Airport transfers
*Airfare not included
*Alcoholic beverages not included (with the exception of our Heritage Village Experience)
*Schedule is subject to change. Our itinerary is consciously crafted with the intention of providing our guests with an unforgettable, experience of a lifetime. Activities may be altered should unforeseen circumstances arise.
All rooms include luxury linens, bathrobes, natural toiletries, rain-maker showers, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, in-room tea, local artisan coffee and mini fridge/bar + safe and pedestal fan.
Our 4 luxury safari tents are perched upon solid timber platforms and feature spacious, private decks with mountain and tropical garden views, perfect for relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book while taking in the sunset. The unique and gorgeous outdoor rain-maker shower gives the feel of bathing in nature while indulging in total seclusion, so as to truly appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings. 1 king bed or 2 twins. Double occupancy is suitable for couples, those traveling with a friend or for those who’d like to be paired up with a roommate. Single occupancy is perfect for those traveling solo or desiring more privacy.
Double Occupancy- $2,298 | Single Occupancy- $2908
¨Are¨ (pronounced, are-ray) is the word for ‘home’ in the Cook Islands. Styled with true Polynesia in mind these 2 light and airy suites feature cooling high ceilings, natural woven materials, a private deck facing the stunning mountains of Takitumu and overlooking a traditional pawpaw plantation. Relax on the indoor daybed while you enjoy a cup of Cook Islands artisan coffee or a refreshing local craft brewed beer. 1 king bed or 2 twins. Double occupancy is suitable for couples, those traveling with a friend or for those who’d like to be paired up with a roommate. Single occupancy is perfect for those traveling solo or desiring more privacy.
Double Occupancy- $2,298 | Single Occupancy- $2,908
**All prices are in USD and are subject to change. A non-refundable deposit of $600 will secure your spot. Final balance is due 45 days prior to the start of our retreat (Tuesday, June 22nd, 2017). Single occupancy / private rooms are subject to availability and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.